Holey Ha’penny - Classic Recordings of Traditional Music from the North-East of England

By Various Artists

  1. Ho’ley Ha’penny
    Elsie Marley
  2. The Gilsland
  3. Morpeth Rant
  4. Proudlocks
  5. Billy Ballantine’s
  6. Father’s
  7. Schottische
  8. Varsoviana (Old & New)
  9. Highland Laddie
  10. My Lodging Is On Cold Cold Ground
    Bonnie Dundee
  11. Roxburgh Castle
    Devil Among The Tailors
  12. The Roman Wall
  13. Tom Hepple’s
    The Girl With The Blue Dress On
  14. The Tow House
  15. The Kielder Schottische
  16. The Keel Row
    With Variations
  17. Schottische
  18. My Lodging’s On Cold Ground
    Blow The Wind Southerly
  19. Corn Rigs
    The Manchester
  20. The Linehope Lope
  21. Willy Taylor’s
  22. Nae Good Luck
  23. Whittingham Green Lane
    Ward’s Brae
  24. Bonny North Tyne
  25. Mosstrooper’s
  26. The Coquet
  27. Heel & Toe
  28. The Pin
  29. Cambo March
  30. The Ferry Boat
  31. Malorca
    Herd On The Hill
    Devil Among The Tailors

Eight comments

Re: Holey Ha’penny - Classic Recordings of Traditional Music from the North-East of England

I don’t know much about the music of Northumberland, but I love old, classic recordings like these, and this is a great album.

I’ll post the artist list and edit tunes later. In the meantime, those of you who know this album and/or Northumbrian tunes, feel free to edit the listing as you see fit.

Re: Holey Ha’penny - Classic Recordings of Traditional Music from the North-East of England

Hi Dan, Thanks for posting this. I didn’t know you were into folk musc from England. I’d love to know the artists behind all these.

Re: Holey Ha’penny - Classic Recordings of Traditional Music from the North-East of England

I just edited two of them which I know of for sure.
I’m going to guess that tracks 1 and 16 are probably from Tom Clough’s 1929 recordings, as I know of these and have seen them in another collection. If this is the case (and even if it isn’t), I’m curious as to how old the other tracks in this album are.

Re: Holey Ha’penny - Classic Recordings of Traditional Music from the North-East of England

Sorry, I should clarify: I edited two tunes, not two artists!

Re: Holey Ha’penny - Classic Recordings of Traditional Music from the North-East of England

@Whimbrel, you’re right about the Tom Clough recordings. I’ll add the artists soon. Good find for track 4 (Proudlock’s); it’s a great tune. I’m not sure whether you edited the link for "Nae Good Luck", but you should know it’s a jig, not a hornpipe.

Re: Holey Ha’penny - Classic Recordings of Traditional Music from the North-East of England

Also @Whimbrel, in what other collections have you seen Tom Clough’s recordings? I’m curious.

The Artists and instruments

1, 16: Tom Clough (smallpipes)
2, 4-5, 24-26: Billy Ballantine (piccolo)
3: Jim Rutherford (fiddle)
6-9, 27-29: Ned Pearson (fiddle)
10-11: Joe Hutton (smallpipes)
12-14: Adam Gray (fiddle)
15: Billy Ballantine (piccolo) and Tom Hunter (fiddle)
17-18: Jim Hunter (accordion), presumably with Billy Ballantine (piccolo)
19: Bob Clark (jew’s harp)
20-22: Willy Taylor (fiddle)
23, 31: George Hepple (fiddle), with unidentified (smallpipes)
30: George Hepple (fiddle)

Re: Holey Ha’penny - Classic Recordings of Traditional Music from the North-East of England

Hi,
Yes, sorry, I edited "Nae Guid Luck" to the hornpipe and didn’t know there was a jig version.
I know that Tom Clough’s songs are also in this collection:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Northumbrian-Small-Pipes-Various-artists/dp/B01NBMIC1Q
This and some of the other Northumbrian collections seem to only be available in Europe on Amazon, but are on YouTube.
Also, in this version Tom Clough’s Keel Row track is just called "Keel Row." I think that’s the original 1929 track, based on the background noise. "The Keel Row with Variations" track was remastered from 1976, if I remember correctly.
There’s some really interesting information about Tom Clough on Wikipedia.